[pur-mee-eyt] /ˈpɜr miˌeɪt/

verb (used with object), permeated, permeating.
to pass into or through every part of:
Bright sunshine permeated the room.
to penetrate through the pores, interstices, etc., of.
to be diffused through; pervade; saturate:
Cynicism permeated his report.
verb (used without object), permeated, permeating.
to become diffused; penetrate.
to penetrate or pervade (a substance, area, etc): a lovely smell permeated the room
to pass through or cause to pass through by osmosis or diffusion: to permeate a membrane

1650s, from Latin permeatus, past participle of permeare “to pass through” (see permeable). Related: Permeated; permeating.

permeate per·me·ate (pûr’mē-āt’)
v. per·me·at·ed, per·me·at·ing, per·me·ates

n. (-ĭt, -āt’)
One that can permeate.per’me·ant (-ənt) or per’me·a’tive (-ā’tĭv) adj.


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